Neponset River Greenway trail. Photo / Neponset River Watershed Association

Neponset River Greenway trail. Photo / Neponset River Watershed Association

The City of Quincy, Massachusetts, has authorized the Neponset River Watershed Association to proceed with constructing the final portion of the 2-mile-long northern section of the Quincy Neponset Riverwalk.

Crayfish found in the Neponset River Greenway trail. Photo / Neponset River Watershed Association

Crayfish found in the Neponset River Greenway trail. Photo / Neponset River Watershed Association

Once complete, the Riverwalk will run along the Neponset Estuary from the pile-supported gazebo at Adams Inn north to Squantum Point in DCR’s Squantum Point Park. The Watershed Association hopes to have the work completed by next spring, with an official opening in the summer of 2014. The Association this week authorized its consultant for the project, Park Planning Associates, to start work.

The City of Quincy is providing $98,000 in Community Preservation Act funds for the project, with the Watershed Association putting in $32,000 of its own from the proceeds of a settlement with a developer several years ago. The Association also plans to fund the addition of benches, signage and other amenities along other portions of the Riverwalk before it opens.

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There is currently a public waterfront walkway all the way around the Boston Scientific building on Commander Shea Blvd, and this project will connect it to walkways in Squantum Point Park. It will be built along an overgrown, largely buried and impassable taxiway that was built to service the Naval Air Station that occupied Squantum Point from 1923 to 1953. The area is owned by Boston Scientific and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation.

A walkway around Boston Scientific was constructed many years ago and includes a natural beach area for launching canoes and kayaks.

 

 

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